Nestled just about mile from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Yavapai Lodge combines ultimate convenience with comfort in the midst of a natural wonderland. This affordable and no-frills lodging is ideal for families on a budget who are still looking for a nice place to unwind and relax for the evening. Just a short shuttle ride from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and an easy walk from the edge of the Canyon itself, you can’t beat the location.
Yavapai Lodge Ambiance
Yavapai Lodge is comprised of Yavapai East and Yavapai West, each with a distinctive charm and ambiance. Rooms are cozy and inviting, with useful amenities and convenient basics. Public spaces are expansive yet rustic and will make guests feel comfortable during their stay in Grand Canyon Village. This is one of the more affordable options in Grand Canyon Village and some of the older construction, but the Lodge itself feels loved rather than worn out.
It’s also separated by some distance from the rest of the Grand Canyon Village lodging options, and is closer to in-town offerings like a store, a bank, and a post office. This makes it an ideal base camp for larger explorations of the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon shuttle also stops right in front of the lobby of Yavapai Lodge, so it’s quite simple to make your way around the South Rim without moving your car from that precious parking space.
Yavapai Lodge Rooms
Yavapai East is the newest section of the Lodge, featuring updated, modern rooms with convenient amenities such as in-room air conditioning, a mini-fridge, and more. Guests can choose from four different room types: a King Room, a Double Queen Room, King Family Room, and Double Queen Family Room. The King and Double Queen rooms offer similar features, including a coffee maker, flat screen television, and some basics like a hair dryer, ironing board, and telephone. The Family options feature the same amenities plus twin-sized bunk beds to accommodate children alongside the adult beds. Rollaway beds and cribs are available if required only in the regular King and Queen rooms.
Yavapai West is the older but no less comfortable section of the Lodge. The most significant difference is the absence of air-conditioning (although there are handy ceiling fans which may suffice early in the summer and spring). All rooms are Double Queen rooms only, although guests can request rollaway beds if necessary. The architectural style of this section of the Lodge is Mid-Century Modern with a convenient one-story design and quirky exteriors. This section of Yavapai Lodge is also pet-friendly, and offers a nice selection of pet amenities including their “Pets in the Park” package, which includes a kennel, leash, waste bags, food and water dishes, and treats.
The rooms themselves are designed with a crisp, southwestern style, utilizing a muted, earthy palate in bedding, carpeting, and furniture. The décor features black and white photographs that highlight the stark beauty of the Grand Canyon itself. Beds are soft and inviting, and the view from the windows can be unbeatable in the right places. Wild animals may wander right up to the room, so guests are advised to keep their cameras at the ready.
Yavapai Lodge Amenities
Yavapai Lodge offers a number of dining choices for guests. The most popular is the main venue, Yavapai Lodge Restaurant, which specializes in Western-style barbecue and other southwestern-inspired fare. This restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a variety of options that can appeal to everyone from brisket buffs to vegetarians. A unique feature is their “fixing” station, which contains a wide variety of ingredients and toppings to allow guests to customize their meal, whether that’s a steak or a salad. They also offer a well-curated selection of draft beers, too, for those looking for adult beverages.
Another option is the more casual Yavapai Tavern, which features a much wider selection of beverage options, including regional craft beers, wine, and signature cocktails. Following an extensive renovation in 2015, the rustic vibe of Yavapai Tavern is complemented by a modern kitchen, sleek, wide-screen televisions to show all your favorite sporting events, and a friendly bar staff. Guests can also enjoy a morning bite and that first cup of caffeine at the newer Coffee Shop, compact in size but filled with healthy options and strong coffee.
For those willing to take a short drive, you’ll also find casual and upscale dining options east of Yavapai in the heart of Grand Canyon Village.
As is the case for much of the lodging options in Grand Canyon Village, parking can be a real challenge. Guests are probably best served by finding a spot and leaving their car for the duration of their trip, opting instead to use the park’s excellent shuttle bus system, which picks up and drops off right by the hotel. There is, however, parking available right near both Yavapai East and West, so there is no real concern about parking far from your room.
Please note that WiFi is only available in the lobby and is not an option in the individual guest rooms. If you require Internet access, be aware that it may be limited regardless due to bad signal in the Grand Canyon area as a whole.
Grand Canyon Village Neighborhood
Located adjacent to the lobby are a convenient little shop – good for snacks, toiletries, and other necessaries – and a post office from which you can mail all of your postcards. You’ll also find a bank and a number of Grand Canyon National Park buildings.
Here at Yavapai you’re also just a short drive east of the bulk of Grand Canyon Village, which includes additional hotel options like Kachina and Thunderbird Lodge, Maswik Lodge, El Tovar, and Bright Angel Lodge.